Union College grad Kit Goldstein’s children’s play “It’s Raining Tamales!” premiered last year with the Schenectady Theater for Children. It was recently recognized in a national contest.
continued Goldstein started writing plays at 13, and penned shorter works even earlier in life.
“My family always encouraged creativity and we did a lot of writing,” she said.
Being homeschooled also helped her family embrace creative learning endeavors and she went to many theater shows, which helped her become familiar with classical music shows.
Hearing people react to the play and hearing kids laugh is what Goldstein said she enjoys most about her work. She also has written plays geared towards adults. The end result might be the most gratifying aspect, but she said working with technology is usually her main challenge while crafting a play.
“You have to spend a lot of time alone when you write plays, so sometimes there is a lot of alone time,” she added.
When not working on plays or performing productions, she works at her family’s Tough Traveler store in Schenectady. Her supportive family, which also employs her, has helped her take time off when needed.
Her passion for playwriting is constantly refreshed, too.
“Every time I go see a great play or musical I get excited about how good theater can be,” Goldstein said. “You just get excited with new material.”
The area’s theater community has helped her hone her craft.
“It is really a very supportive community. I have a lot of people in the area that have been really supportive in the area,” she said. “It seems the interest keeps up. This area just seems to get more and more interested in community theater generally over the last bunch of years.”
For anyone interested in getting into playwriting, Goldstein recommends studying older shows that are appealing to an individual and trying to figure out what is great about the play.
She said receiving the Jackie White award has spurred her to shoot for bigger goals. Also, she is now more focused on recording her plays, so she can submit her works for more awards and honors.
For information on Kit Goldstein and her works visit her website at www.KitGoldstein.com.